grammar

Theresa May makes her grammar schools pitch

9 September 2016 14:02

Theresa May spoke for almost half an hour before she actually mentioned the ‘G’ word: Grammar schools. But before she…

Theresa May’s grammar school plans provoke a mixed reaction

8 September 2016 9:03

Theresa May has told Tory MPs she won’t ‘turn back the clock’ on grammar schools. But she also didn’t rule…

The DfE has issued guidance on exclamation marks. How Orwellian is that!

6 March 2016 18:04

A friend of mine, another journalist, is getting terrifically worked up about the Department for Education’s persecution of exclamation marks.…

Spectator books of the year: Sara Wheeler wallows in a witty grammar memoir

9 December 2015 15:00

My Book of the Year is Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen, a grammar memoir by Mary…

Ignore the ‘good grammar’ crowd and your prose will be better for it

25 June 2015 11:48

‘Few things,’ says Toby Young, ‘are more likely to provoke the disapproval of the bien-pensant left than criticising someone’s grammar.’…

Podcast: Angela Merkel’s burden, Ukip’s American flirtation and Gove’s grammar rules

25 June 2015 9:32

This podcast is sponsored by Berry Bros, The Spectator’s house red. Germany has just as much to worry about from…

Michael Gove defends his grammar rules

23 June 2015 18:12

Lord Chancellor Michael Gove was criticised over the weekend for issuing a set of grammar rules for civil servants. The list,…

Dangerous typo alert: Mail Online claims Harry Styles and David Beckham were lovers

5 February 2015 16:32

One Direction band member Harry Styles is known for his colourful love life. Former flames include Taylor Swift, Caroline Fleck…

Bored bores boring – critics love the Dull Men’s calendar

14 October 2014 10:33

The Telegraph has a nice photo gallery featuring the specimens of the 2015 Dull Men of Great Britain calendar, which our…

Does Michael Gove need spelling lessons?

2 October 2013 18:33

The conference is over but the mystery continues: are the Tories trying to help hardworking people or hard-working people? This, I…

Mind your language, Mr Rawnsley

29 April 2013 12:17

The weekend press offered some rave reviews of Charles Moore’s Thatcher biography. Craig Brown, who is not given to hyperbole,…

Butlins and the return of the apostrophe - Spectator Blogs

9 August 2012 13:45

When you begin in subediting – the odd little craft of preparing other people’s journalism for publication – certain things,…